Chinese Supercomputer Blazes Path to Glory

China has unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-1A, at a high-performance computing conference in Beijing. The Tianhe-1A has a Linpack benchmark performance of 2.507 petaflops, according to Nvidia, whose Tesla M2050 graphics processing units were used in the supercomputer. Linpack is a software library for performing numerical linear algebra on computers written to test supercomputer speeds in the 1970s. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory claimed the record in November 2009 with its Cray XT supercomputer, nicknamed “Jaguar.”

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